Counselling is a type of therapy. Counselling is a trustful relationship between counsellor and client. Professional counselling is confidential and non-judgmental.
A clients speaks with a counsellor about issues and problems that they have experienced in their lives.
A counsellors provide their clients with the opportunity to be heard and express their vision of the issues and problems impacting their wellbeing.
A counsellor helps clients to identify their strengths and accomplish positive changes in their feelings and emotions. A counsellor works with clients on an action plan to overcome all barriers and hindrances.
The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia defines professional counselling as a safe and confidential collaboration between qualified counsellors and clients to promote mental health and wellbeing, enhance self-understanding, and resolve identified concerns. Clients are active participants in the counselling process at every stage.
The problems addressed by counselling include, but are not limited to:
- Stress management and coping with negative life events;
- Personal/social adjustment;
- The development of one’s identity.
- Persistent difficulties with relating to other people in general.